Banana Smoothie

Banana smoothie in a glass jar with bananas

The Spruce / Nita West

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yields: 2 1/2 cups
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1037 Calories
13g Fat
230g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 1037
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 230g 84%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Protein 18g
Calcium 474mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The sweet taste of a freshly made banana smoothie is hard to resist. While you can add all sorts of flavors and other fruits to it (berries are especially good), the basic recipe will show you just how easy it is to make at home. Bananas blend really easily, which makes them a no-fuss choice for smoothies. It's a tasty option for a simple breakfast smoothie and a healthy treat for a hot summer afternoon—chill the glasses you're using in the freezer beforehand for an especially rewarding drink.

This banana smoothie recipe requires just five simple ingredients, all of which you may already have in your kitchen. It's an excellent way to use up ripe bananas before they're too far gone and only good for banana bread. The smoothie is sweetened with honey and uses vanilla yogurt to give it a lovely creaminess. Don't skip the vanilla extract, either. It adds a subtle depth of flavor that really sets it over the top.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making a banana smoothie
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a blender in the following order: honey, vanilla extract, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and ice.

    Banana smoothie ingredients in a blender
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  3. Gradually increase the speed and blend until the mixture is smooth.

    Banana smoothie blended in a blender
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  4. Pour the drink into a chilled glass.

    Banana smoothie poured into a chilled glass
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  5. Serve and enjoy.

    Banana smoothie in a glass jar with banana alongside
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How to Store

  • While you can refrigerate a smoothie and drink it the next day, sometimes components of the smoothie will separate. Simply stir to recombine, or put it back in the blender to bring it together again.
  • The other option is to make a large batch (you can double or triple this recipe if your blender is large enough) and store the excess in the freezer. When you're ready for another smoothie, set it out for about 5 to 10 minutes so it softens up enough to drink.

Recipe Variations

Bananas are just the start when it comes to whipping up a good smoothie. They pair really well with lots of other flavors, too:

  • For a healthier, low-sugar smoothie, use plain or sugar-free yogurt.
  • Replace the honey with agave nectar. For a liquid sweetener that's a perfect pairing for bananas, try cinnamon simple syrup.
  • No yogurt? Use 6 ice cubes (or 1/2 cup crushed ice) and about 3/4 cup of milk: regular, coconut, or other non-dairy alternatives.
  • Add strawberries for a strawberry banana smoothie.
  • Peanut butter banana smoothies are delicious; add in 1/4 cup rolled oats for even more nutrition.
  • Use sesame paste with a little cinnamon to make a banana tahini smoothie.
  • Replace the yogurt with a scoop of ice cream to create more of a banana milkshake. While vanilla is often preferred, chocolate's a great option. It's best to add 1/2 to 1 cup of milk as well.
  • Build a banana split smoothie with your favorite banana split toppings. Use a banana, 1/2 cup diced pineapple, and 1/4 cup fresh strawberries. Squeeze in fun toppings like chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup, or add a tablespoon of peanut butter or coconut flakes. Top it with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino cherry.
  • To spike this drink, add 1 ounce of banana liqueur. Or use a flavored vodka such as whipped cream, vanilla, or banana.